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Inflation has started to ease in most economies in Asia, but there are now signs of weaker growth. One silver lining for the region is an economic reopening of China. (Source photo by Getty Images) 
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South Korea tipped to lead Asia's exit from rising interest rates

Thailand and India also seem to be near tightening peak as inflation slows

MITSURU OBE, Nikkei Asia chief business news correspondent | East Asia

TOKYO -- Asian central banks that have spent 2022 battling inflation by jacking up interest rates are expected to shift their focus next year, changing the picture for investors as price increases slow and economies feel the impact of a global downturn.

Most central banks in the region have been less aggressive than the U.S. Federal Reserve -- which on Wednesday raised rates for the seventh time this year -- because inflation has not been as severe. While the rising dollar has given investors more incentives to shift money to the U.S. and has put pressure on Asia's currencies, monetary policymakers have responded with a mix of rate hikes, currency depreciation and market intervention. Improved current-account balances, reduced reliance on foreign debt and larger foreign exchange reserves have also helped them ride out the pressure.

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